HOLLAND, Mich.—The Adrian College defense held host Hope College to its lowest scoring output of the season and 262 yards of total offense, as the Bulldogs captured a 14-3 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football victory on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Ray & Sue Smith. The visiting Bulldogs, who have won two-straight, improve to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA, while the Flying Dutchmen drop to 2-6, 0-4.
Sophomore running back Emmanuel Stewart ran for 167 yards on 21 carries, or 8 yards per attempt, and a 69-yard touchdown run to put Adrian in the lead for good. Freshman quarterback Gage Smith added 72 yards in 8 attempts, including a nifty 31-yard TD run to make it 14-3 late in the first half.
Zac Boersema led Hope with 57 rushing yards and Matt Kroll added 67 yards on five receptions.
Seniors Dontrell Tucker and Mitch Osadchuk spearheaded an AC defense that recorded five sacks with 11 tackles apiece, followed sophomore Damon Fuller and freshman Kevon Spence with nine each. Fuller had a game-high 2-1/2 sacks for 21 yards lost, forced fumble and quarterback hurry.
Mason Rosado and Jacob Pardonnet paced Hope with 12 and 11 stops, respectively.
With all of the game's scoring taking place in the second quarter, Hope took a 3-0 lead on a Darren Ford 36-yard field goal with 7:23 left, capping a 10-play, 50-yard drive in 4:13. On Adrian's first play after the ensuing kickoff, Stewart sped his way 69 yards into the end zone to put the visitors on the board just 21 seconds later. On their last possession of the first half, the Bulldogs marched 59 yards in eight plays over a 1:24 span as Smith scored on a 31-yard run with 42 ticks left.
Holding a slim 11-point lead, Adrian's defensive unit came up with one of the biggest plays of the game with Hope driving deep into the red zone. The Dutchmen recovered a fumble off the opening kickoff of the second half, getting great field position at the AC 17. But the Bulldogs didn't allow a first down, and Hope's drive sputtered at the 8-yard line on a fourth down-and-3 play. Senior Leslie Young had the big stop of Boersema on a quarterback sneak.
Still in the third, Hope had another chance to cut into the deficit driving to the Adrian 11 yard line. On second down and 6, Boersema carried the ball seven yards to the 4 before losing it out of the back of the end zone for a touchback and no points. The drive stalled after 64 yards on 11 plays.
Sophomore Jarius Garner intercepted a pass in the end zone to thwart another Hope scoring opportunity with 57 seconds left to seal the win. Hope drove 61 yards to the AC 10.
After a three-game road swing, Adrian returns to Docking Stadium next Saturday when it will square off against MIAA opponent Kalamazoo College for a 1 p.m. Family Weekend kickoff.